Two doses will greatly reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill but will not completely protect you from catching COVID-19. The vaccines reduce the risk of passing on the virus, but do not completely prevent it. So, it is still important you continue to follow the COVID-19 guidance to protect those around you.
To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues you still need to:
COVID-19 is spread through droplets breathed out from the nose or mouth, particularly when speaking or coughing. It can also be picked up by touching your eyes, nose and mouth after touching contaminated objects and surfaces.
If you are unwell with a fever, call to cancel the appointment and wait until you have recovered before having the vaccine. You should not attend a vaccine appointment if you are self-isolating or waiting for a COVID-19 test or result.
You will be told about when and where to get vaccinated. On the day of the appointment, wear practical clothing so it’s easy to reach the top of your arm. If you have a fear of needles or feel anxious, let the person giving you the vaccine know. They will be understanding and support you.
It is important to have both doses of the vaccine to give you the best longer-term protection.
Keep your card safe and make sure you get your second dose.
There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines will affect your fertility or your chance of becoming pregnant.
The benefits of breastfeeding are well known, and the COVID-19 vaccines are not known to be a risk when breastfeeding. The expert advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) is that the vaccine can be given to women who are breastfeeding. However, we do not yet have much safety information on the use of COVID-19 vaccines while breastfeeding.
If you are breastfeeding, or planning to breastfeed, you can continue breastfeeding after you have been vaccinated.